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The Patriots still have "high hopes" for TE Jake Ballard (knee).

Thanks to the injury woes of Rob Gronkowski (arm) and Aaron Hernandez (shoulder), Ballard's rehab has taken on a different context. If he can get on the field for the offseason program, he'll be the temporary No. 1 pass-catching tight end at practices. Ballard caught 38 passes for 604 yards and four touchdowns while with the Giants during the 2011 season. He sustained a torn left ACL during that year's Super Bowl.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 09:55:00 AM

Eli Manning completed 12-of-21 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the Jets, also fumbling twice.

Aug 22 - 9:44 PM

Geno Smith completed 9-of-14 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the Giants.

He added three scrambles for 17 yards. It was the best we've seen Smith look, as he was calm in the pocket and laser accurate with his throws. Granted, the G-Men's defense looked as bad as the Jets' offense looked good. Almost certainly done for the preseason, Smith finishes 23-of-33 for 268 yards (8.12 YPA), one touchdown and one interception. Despite the solid summer, he's a low-end QB2 until proven otherwise in the regular season.
Aug 22 - 9:34 PM

Eddie Lacy played just one series in Friday's preseason game against the Raiders, rushing six times for 36 yards with a touchdown.

Lacy was nothing short of dominant. The Packers' ran no-huddle exclusively on their opening drive, and Lacy showed his improved versatility by never leaving the field -- even on third downs. The Raiders were no match for his physicality as he ran through arm tackles and punctuated the seven-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge. Lacy only played 19 snaps this preseason, but totaled 11 carries for 61 yards (5.54 YPC) and two catches for 22 yards. We would not let him get past the No. 5 overall pick in any format. This is a grown man that's going to eat in one of the league's most explosive offenses.
Aug 22 - 9:28 PM

Giants LG Geoff Schwartz was forced from Friday's preseason game against the Jets with a dislocated toe.

Schwartz couldn't put any weight on his right foot as he was loaded onto a cart. A toe issue is obviously preferable to a foot or ankle, but it could still be a long-term injury. It's the last thing the Giants' beleaguered offensive line needs. On paper, Schwartz is the G-Men's second-best lineman after RT Justin Pugh. Eli Manning was running for his life even before Schwartz's injury.
Aug 22 - 8:52 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there will be no decision on Josh Gordon's suspension appeal this week.

Per FOX Sports' Mike Garofolo, the NFL Players Union and Gordon's reps were expecting a decision by the end of this week. RapSheet says one isn't coming, however. The holdup is believed to be due to a high volume of testimony on both sides stemming from Gordon's latest failed drug test. Gordon failed several drug tests in college, as well. He'll remain in limbo until appeals officer Harold Henderson makes a decision. Hopefully, it'll happen next week.
Aug 22 - 3:56 PM

Dolphins waived TE Michael Egnew.

One of ex-GM Jeff Ireland's seemingly countless misfires, Egnew was exposed as a product of Mizzou's spread offense quickly after the Dolphins made him a top-80 pick in the 2012 draft. It's particularly telling that the new Dolphins regime saw more potential in Arthur Lynch, Gator Hoskins, and Brett Brackett.
Aug 22 - 2:53 PM

NFL suspended Chiefs RT Donald Stephenson four games for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing drugs.

Stephenson was a below-average starter to begin with, but it's still a big hit to an already shaky Kansas City line. LT Eric Fisher has been pulverized in preseason games after a rough rookie year, while the Chiefs' interior line isn't much better. In Zach Fulton, Kansas City has a sixth-round rookie penned in at right guard. Line-play differential is one reason to support LeSean McCoy over Jamaal Charles as the No. 1 overall pick in 2014 fantasy drafts.
Aug 22 - 2:37 PM

Coach Lovie Smith called Doug Martin the Bucs' "bell cow" at running back.

"With Mike James going down with an injury and with Charles Sims going down, Doug is our bell cow," Smith said. "He likes that role. He's had a good camp, hasn't missed a beat. He's going to rush for a lot of yards for us this year." Martin's had a quiet summer, leading some to believe he's more RB2 than RB1, but he's the lead dog in an offense that projects to lean heavily on its run game. We think Martin has tremendous value at his current early-third-round ADP. The offensive line being able to open holes consistently is a major question mark.
Aug 22 - 12:07 PM

Giants undrafted WRs Corey Washington and Marcus Harris are expected to get some work with the first-team offense in Friday's fourth preseason game.

It's expected to come at the expense of Jerrel Jernigan, who is in danger of being cut. Washington has been the Giants' best receiver this summer, reeling in all seven of his targets for 116 yards and three scores. Washington is fully expected to make the 53-man roster. Harris is likely competing with Mario Manningham.
Aug 22 - 11:08 AM

Bengals OC Hue Jackson said rookie RB Jeremy Hill is "worthy of playing" with the starting offense and will likely get some work with the ones in Sunday's third preseason game.

Hill has worked with the twos and threes through the first two weeks of the preseason, though Jackson said he actually thought Hill had already gotten some run with the ones. Jackson isn't concerned about Hill's ability to sync with the starters, saying he thinks "that's a little overrated -- runners run." While BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been the second back through the rotation so far, Hill's clearly the more talented runner. He's over his shoulder "injury." We feel comfortable projecting Hill as the 1B to Gio Bernard's 1A.
Aug 22 - 10:06 AM

Following Thursday night's third preseason game, coach Chip Kelly noted that Chris Polk (hamstring) better be looking over his shoulder.

Polk hasn't played at all this preseason with a slightly torn hamstring. While he's been out, UDFAs Matthew Tucker and Henry Josey have been running the ball well behind LeSean McCoy. The Eagles also traded for Kelly favorite Kenjon Barner. Polk's roster spot is in danger after he opened training camp as the heavy favorite for No. 2 ball-carrying duties behind McCoy.
Aug 22 - 10:00 AM




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